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Twenty-one year Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Beach finds himself doing something he hasn’t done much of for a long time--real campaigning.
He wasn’t out beating the bushes, though. He was doing his annual fundraiser brunch Sunday for disabled children, an issue close to his heart and one he has championed for decades with little or no politics involved.
This one was different, not only because it had only about 100 people instead of the usual two to three hundred in the cavernous room at The Sands in Atlantic Beach, but politics was interwoven into the call for helping those most in need of it.
“You see what is happening in the country, and your voice has to be heard,” the 76-year-old lifeguard told his audience, “and maybe for the last time, I’m offering myself to be your voice.”
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel of Great Neck told the room: “We need Harvey in Albany. I need Harvey. It’s lonely up there.”
Even County Legislator Denise Ford, the registered Democrat elected with the Republicans, said: “It’s important to keep Harvey where he is.”
(In an aside, Ford, who has been cross-endorsed by the Democrats in the last two county legislative races, said she has been told by Nassau and State Democratic Leader Jay Jacobs that she will not get the Democratic nod next time around).
A bunch of noted local Democrats were not on hand, and the assumption is that many of the missing — like Barbara Mosca — support Jeff Toback, the Democratic Oceanside county legislator just defeated for re-election in November and considered a likely primary challenger for Weisenberg.